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Chinese Garlic Black-Bean Pork Fried Rice

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 7 cups

Servings: 4 as a main course or 8 as a side dish

Salty-sweet fermented black bean sauce elevates this quick stir-fry to something extraordinary. But it’s a great way to use up what you have. No carrots or cabbage in the fridge? Substitute green beans or mushrooms. And for a crunchy element, try diced red peppers or sugar snaps in place of the bean sprouts.


  • 2 Tbs. neutral oil, such as canola or peanut
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh garlic
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh hot red or green chiles
  • 8 oz. ground pork
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup small-diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 2 Tbs. Chinese black bean garlic sauce
  • 4 cups cold cooked jasmine rice (from about 2 cups raw)
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh mung bean or soybean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 70
  • Fat (g): 7
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 35
  • Sodium (mg): 350
  • Carbohydrates (g): 28
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 8


  • Heat a 14-inch wok or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Add the oil, swirl the wok to coat, and then add the scallions, onion, ginger, garlic, and chiles. Stir-fry with a metal or wooden wok spatula until fragrant and light golden, 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Add the pork to the wok and stir-fry, breaking it with the spatula, until almost cooked through.
  • Push the rest of the ingredients to one side of the wok, and pour the beaten egg into the empty side, stirring until you have large curds of scrambled egg, about 45 seconds.
  • Add the carrots and cabbage and stir-fry until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the black bean garlic sauce and stir-fry until all of the ingredients are coated, about 30 seconds.
  • Using your hands or a fork, gently break up any clumps in the rice until the grains are separate. Add the rice to the wok and gently stir-fry, stopping occasionally so the rice has a chance to brown a bit, until it has some crispy edges and is heated through, about 3 minutes. You should hear sizzling during the last minute or so.
  • Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry until softened and brightly colored, 30 to 60 seconds. Taste and adjust the flavor as necessary with more condiments or seasonings.
  • Add the cilantro and gently stir-fry until heated through, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer the fried rice to plates or bowls and serve right away.


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